A Millennial Journey in Faith: God speaks in the silence of creation

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
The Sooner Catholic

Our walks have brought us tulips and cherry blossoms, growing willow leaves gracefully tilted downward and still-bare trees. The promise of purple bearded irises and orange tiger lilies grow in familiar spots, while a bright red robin sings high in the tree. The near silence of creation speaks through the earthly awakening of spring.

In the “Power of Silence,” Cardinal Robert Sarah writes of the ways that God speaks through creation.

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Paul, Apostle of Christ

By John Mulderig
Catholic News Service

NEW YORK – In the long history of the Church, perhaps no partnership has been more consequential than that between Saint Paul the Apostle and his disciple, Saint Luke.

Between them, they account for at least 15 of the 27 books of the New Testament, and Luke accompanied Paul on some of the journeys during which the Apostle to the Gentiles sowed the seeds of faith across the Roman Empire.

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God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness

By John Mulderig
Catholic News Service

NEW YORK – Atheism is set at defiance once more in the franchise-extending drama "God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness" (Pure Flix).

Writer-director Michael Mason's film, the second sequel to 2014's "God's Not Dead," benefits from a less strident tone than its predecessors as well as a timely message about the dangers of intemperate political and cultural discourse.

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Pope apologizes for 'serious mistakes' in judging Chilean abuse cases

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a letter to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in the country following a recent investigation into allegations concerning Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno.

The pope said he made "serious mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation, especially due to a lack of truthful and balanced information."

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Salvador's Blessed Romero canonization probably in Rome in October

By Rhina Guidos
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- During an April 11 homily in Washington, Salvadoran Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas said the canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero will "probably" be in Rome and "probably" take place at end of October after a meeting of bishops.

He hedged his statement in an interview with Catholic News Service saying the final decision is up to Pope Francis.

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Nine-week Knight of Columbus video series highlights 'Everyday Heroes'

By Catholic News Service

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CNS) -- A nine-part online video series from the Knights of Columbus is featuring members who are making a difference in their communities.

The "Everyday Heroes" series debuted April 3 and new videos were to appear on a special Knights' website each Tuesday through May 29. They can be viewed at kofceverydayheroes.org.

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Rallies, prayer services recall legacy of slain civil rights leader

By Richard Szczepanowski
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Fifty years after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. -- he was gunned down April 4, 1968 -- the great civil rights advocate continues to be an outstanding example of how to live the Gospel message, according to Catholic clergy and others.

"This tragic loss (of Rev. King) did not still his voice -- it continues to ring out and inspire new generations in confronting the challenges of prejudice, injustice and division today," Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington wrote in an April 4 blog.

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The liberation Easter brings

By David Gibson
Catholic News Service

Easter begins in the darkness and at night, when the great vigil Mass for this central Christian feast is celebrated. Yet, Easter is all about daylight – a "new day" in time.

The resurrected Jesus is "the Morning Star," according to the Exsultet, the rather ancient and remarkable hymn still heard during the Easter Vigil. Like the morning star shining at dawn, Jesus signals a new day's arrival, with all the hopes attached to it.

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Oklahoma Catholic Women’s Conference draws hundreds of faithful

By Dana Attocknie
The Sooner Catholic

EDMOND – As women shuffled from Mass and into the crowded hallway, they began to form friendships.

“Where are you from?” said Marsha Greer from Saint Monica in Edmond.

“Our Lady of Sorrows in Chandler,” Barbara Smith replied.

The introductions were happening throughout the Edmond Conference Center in the Hilton Garden Inn on March 10 during the 2018 Oklahoma Catholic Women’s Conference. About 700 women attended this year’s event.

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